Academics Overview

To earn your Master of Social Work (MSW), you will complete live, online classes, engaging coursework, and field placements at clinical sites in or near your community.

You will begin the program with foundation courses, covering topics such as racism and oppression, human behavior, and assessment and diagnosis. Once you’ve completed foundation courses, you will start the advanced curriculum. Additionally, you will have the option to choose a specialized course of study.

We offer accelerated, full-time, and extended (part-time) program tracks.

Learn more about the program’s courses. 

Specialized Courses of Study

You may choose one of five specialized courses of study that provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in an area of practice you are passionate about. Your options include the following focused areas of study:

  • Child and Family
  • Trauma and Interpersonal Violence
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Health and Aging

You can also choose the Individualized Course of Study, which allows you to select advanced clinical courses based on your interests and career goals.

Learn more about the specialized courses of study.

Field Education

Simmons’ clinically focused online MSW program enables you to complete coursework online while participating in agency-based, in-person field education.

Field education is the cornerstone of the MSW program at Simmons, and our field placement team will work closely with you to find clinical placements near your community that complement your career goals. You will complete 1,120 hours of field education, applying the skills you’ve learned online in two supervised, real-world settings.

Learn more about field education.